Vikings bar running back Adrian Peterson from all team activities

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs for a 5-yard gain as St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long, right, defends during the first quarter an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas. The Vikings made the… Continue reading →

Minnesota Vikings place Adrian Peterson on exempt list

Associated Press file photo by ANN HEISENFELT -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is in the middle of a firestorm after being charged with child abuse.

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings have placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges. The Vikings made the announcement early Wednesday morning after initially deciding that Peterson could play with the team while the… Continue reading →

Morten Andersen, Sam Mills, Kevin Mawae among NFL Hall of Fame nominees

Former New Orleans Saints kicker Morten Andersen and Saints linebacker Sam Mills and former LSU offensive lineman Kevin Mawae were among the 113 Modern Era nominees released Tuesday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015. Other nominees included running back/kick returner/punt returner Brian Mitchell of Louisiana-Lafayette, New Orleans native and former Washington Redskins coach… Continue reading →

Hall of Fame nominees

Hall of Fame preliminary nominees for the class of 2015 By The Associated Press Results will be announced Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Note: x-.Finalist in 2014; y-First-year eligibles. Quarterbacks (4) Randall Cunningham, Rich Gannon, Phil Simms, y-Kurt Warner. Wide Receivers (9) x-Tim Brown (also KR), y-Isaac Bruce, Gary Clark, Henry Ellard… Continue reading →

Sponsors step away as criticism mounts for Vikings, Adrian Peterson

This photo provided by the Montgomery County sheriffs office shows the booking photo of Adrian Peterson.  Peterson was indicted in Texas for using a branch to spank one of his sons and the Minnesota Vikings promptly benched him for their game Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 against the New England Patriots. Peterson turned himself in early Saturday at a jail in Montgomery County, near Houston, where he has a home. He was processed and released.  (AP Photo/Montgomery County sheriffs office)

MINNEAPOLIS — Adrian Peterson has been one of the most popular and marketable stars in the NFL, an approachable superstar with an inspirational comeback story that made him an endorser’s dream. Now that he is facing a felony charge of child abuse for spanking his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch, the Minnesota running back… Continue reading →

NFL Hall of Fame nominees

Hall of Fame preliminary nominees for the class of 2015. Results will be announced Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Note: x-.Finalist in 2014; y-First-year eligibles. Bold: have Saints or Louisiana ties. Quarterbacks (4) Randall Cunningham, Rich Gannon, Phil Simms, y-Kurt Warner. Wide receivers (9) x-Tim Brown (also KR), y-Isaac Bruce, Gary Clark, Henry Ellard (also PR), x-Marvin Harrison, y-Torry Holt,… Continue reading →

Saints sign runing back Edwin Baker to practice squad and cut cornerback Trevin Wade

Cleveland Browns running back Edwin Baker is dragged down by Chicago Bears inside linebacker Jon Bostic Sunday in Cleveland. The Bears won 38-31. (AP Photo/David Richard)

After it was learned their leading rusher had a broken hand, the Saints both signed a running back to their practice squad and from it cut a cornerback on Tuesday. Running back Edwin Baker arrives after Mark Ingram (143 yards and three touchdowns off 24 carries this year) emerged from the Saints’ defeat Sunday at Cleveland with… Continue reading →

Notebook: Little things turn out big

Associated Press photo by Tony Dejak -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins runs after a catch against the Saints during the Bbrowns' 26-24 win Sunday in Cleveland. Hawkins, who had six catches for 70 yards, took advantage of miscommunication by the Saints to make a 28-yard reception late in the fourth quarter and set up the Browns' game-winning field goal.

Three teams have started 0-2 and gone on to win the Super Bowl. At this point, though, the Saints aren’t even thinking about joining Dallas from 1993, New England from 2001 and the New York Giants from 2007 in that category. They are looking at the small picture rather than the big picture, beginning with the little… Continue reading →

Vikings bring back Peterson despite abuse charge

Associated Press photo by Tom Gannam -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pulls past St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long for a 5-yard gain Sept. 7 in St. Louis. Peterson, who ran for 75 yards and caught two passes for another 18 in the Vikings 34-6 win, will return to the field Sunday against the Saints after being charged with child abuse.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have seen the details. They have seen photos of the injuries that Adrian Peterson’s 4-year-old son suffered at the hands of the star running back. They have a history of punishing players who have run into trouble with the law. The Vikings brought Peterson back to the team… Continue reading →

Saints sputter again, fall to 0-2 after 26-24 loss at Cleveland

Cleveland Browns linebacker Karlos Dansby (56) sacks New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — The dunk no longer exists. After scoring a pair of touchdowns Sunday, Jimmy Graham tucked the ball under his arm, jogged to the sideline and tossed the ball to someone standing near the bench. The Saints’ performance Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium was similar to Graham’s new, subdued celebration. There were no thrills,… Continue reading →

Rabalais: After the Saints’ latest stunning loss, there’s no time like the present to turn this around

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham walks off the field after a 26-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns in an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard) ORG XMIT: CDS127 ORG XMIT: BAT1409141543403671

We interrupt the mudslide of appalling off-the-field NFL storylines to bring you the tale of the New Orleans Saints’ freefalling 0-2 start. And you thought Roger Goodell had problems. The NFL’s embattled commissioner only has issues with his image and with people calling for him to be ousted from his $44 million-a-year… Continue reading →

Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson roughed up

Associated Press photo by David Richard -- New Orleans Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson interferes with Cleveland Browns wide receiver Taylor Gabriel on Sunday in Cleveland.

CLEVELAND — Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson knew what the questions were going to be about, but he agreed to listen to one anyway in the visitors’ locker room of Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium after New Orleans’ last-minute, 26-24 defeat, a loss that dropped the Saints to 0-2. Robinson’s afternoon saw him get beat on… Continue reading →

Saints-Browns Three and out

1 What we learned The Saints’ 37-34 overtime loss at Atlanta last week wasn’t just a tough road game against a bitter rival. Many of the same demons that plagued New Orleans in Week 1 caught a connecting flight to Cleveland. The Saints cut down on the yards allowed but… Continue reading →

Instant Replay: Browns 26, Saints 24

Associated Press photo by David Richard -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins is tackled by the Saints after a first-quarter catch in the Browns' 26-24 win Sunday in Cleveland. Hawkins made six catches in the game, but the biggest was a 22-yard reception with six seconds left that set up the game-winning field goal.

The Cleveland Browns dropped the New Orleans Saints to 0-2 this season. What did we learn: As tough as the season-opening loss to the Atlanta Falcons was, it was kind of excusable because of the rivalry between the teams. But this loss to young Cleveland Browns raises some concerns. The Saints defense has… Continue reading →

Coming up for the Saints

Vikings (1-1) at Saints (0-2) Noon, Sunday, Mercedes-Benz Superdome (Fox) SCOUTING REPORT After blowing out St. Louis 34-6 on the road in Week 1, the Vikings took a staggering step backward on Sunday, losing 30-7 at home to New England. They could hardly have… Continue reading →

Patriots pick off Vikings

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady yells on the line of scrimmage during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

MINNEAPOLIS — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots took advantage of Adrian Peterson’s absence. Matt Cassel’s four interceptions, too. Chandler Jones returned a field goal he blocked for a touchdown right before halftime, and Brady and the Patriots cruised from there for a 30-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday to give coach… Continue reading →

Fearless quarterback Cam Newton, defense lead Panthers over Lions

Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) tries to escape Detroit Lions' Stephen Tulloch (55) during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton showed he has no intention of changing the way he plays the game. The fourth-year quarterback shook off some early rust and returned to his fearless style of play, helping Carolina defeat the Detroit Lions 24-7 on Sunday, capping a distraction-filled week for the Panthers. In his first start… Continue reading →

NFL roundup: Bengals run past Falcons

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) is pursued by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry (95) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

CINCINNATI — One Bengals player after another hobbled off and headed to the locker room. Cincinnati still had more than enough to stay unbeaten with a 24-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons (1-1) on Sunday. Running back Giovani Bernard picked up the depleted offense by running for 90 yards. Cincinnati’s defense held down Matt Ryan… Continue reading →

Redskins QB RG3 dislocates ankle in 41-10 romp

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is attended to on the sideline after injuring his left ankle during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

LANDOVER, Md. — After Robert Griffin III was hurt yet again, Kirk Cousins couldn’t miss. The Washington Redskins lost both Griffin to a dislocated ankle and DeSean Jackson to a sprained shoulder in the first quarter Sunday with injuries that by no means appeared minor. While that might have major repercussions for the season, Cousins… Continue reading →

Vikings’ offense struggles without RB Peterson

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. The Vikings benched Peterson for Sunday's game after his attorney said he had been indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of child abuse. Attorney Rusty Hardin says the charge accuses Peterson of using a branch, or switch, to spank his son. He says Peterson has cooperated with authorities and

MINNEAPOLIS — The face of the franchise was nowhere to be found as the Minnesota Vikings flailed away against the New England Patriots on Sunday, and it’s not clear when, if ever, Adrian Peterson will rejoin them. The star running back was inactive for the team’s home opener after being charged with child abuse for… Continue reading →

Instant Replay: Browns 26, Saints 24

Associated Press photo by David Richard -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins is tackled by the Saints after a first-quarter catch in the Browns' 26-24 win Sunday in Cleveland. Hawkins made six catches in the game, but the biggest was a 22-yard reception with six seconds left that set up the game-winning field goal.

The Cleveland Browns dropped the New Orleans Saints to 0-2 this season. What did we learn: As tough as the season-opening loss to the Atlanta Falcons was, it was kind of excusable because of the rivalry between the teams. But this loss to young Cleveland Browns raises some concerns. The Saints defense has… Continue reading →

Saints at Cleveland Browns pregame chat at 11 a.m.

Associated Press photo by DAVID GOLDMAN -- Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks celebrates his first NFL touchdown with teammates Sunday in Atlanta.

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Gameday: Saints at Browns

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) gets the pass of as New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) moves in during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

SCOUTING REPORT: The Falcons had way too much time to pick the Saints apart. The defense must make things tougher on the Browns passing game. After weeks of talk about how they wanted to be the best in the league this season, the Saints defense failed to get much going in their season-opening… Continue reading →